Nearly 55,000 fewer Pennsylvanians were getting medical assistance in December 2012 compared with July, according to a new state Department of Public Welfare report, in many cases as an apparent side effect of the elimination of another program.
Further investigations are resulting in many of the children being reinstated, and their being cut is suspected to be the result of errors in paperwork. However, that’s not the case for all.
States say the federal law is unconstitutionally coercive because all their Medicaid money would be at risk if they flout the new requirement.
The budget proposal calls for a 4% cut in the Medicaid reimbursement rate for nursing homes. The total revenue loss for nursing homes is projected by the Pennsylvania Health Care Association to be $46.5 million.
Starting next fall, HHS will begin penalizing hospitals if their readmission rates are higher than expected for three conditions: heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. As such, hospitals are making strides to avoid these repercussions.
Why should taxpayers pay more for a Medicare patient to receive the same medicine as a Medicaid patient, asks President Obama. There are plenty of reasons why, say drugmakers.
Proposed cuts in federal matching dollars to PA’s Medicaid services could make it much harder for chronically ill patients to find doctors, and services if they do find a doctor.
PA may be about to try a new strategy for Medicaid recipients: paying them (sometimes up to $200) to visit higher quality and lower cost doctors and hospitals.
Obama’s health care law contained an error which would allow married early retirees to qualify for Medicaid — costing tax payers $14.6 billion. Today, the Associated Press reported on the Administration’s fix.